Lak­ers’ Artest an­nounces win­ner of ring raf­fle

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Ron Artest has ab­so­lutely no re­grets about giv­ing away his Los An­ge­les Lak­ers cham­pi­onship ring to boost mental health aware­ness. In fact, it just en­cour­ages him to go out and get an­other ring.

Artest an­nounced the win­ner of the char­ity raf­fle for his ring late Satur­day night at a club across the street from Sta­ples Cen­ter, where the Lak­ers were trounced by the Mi­ami Heat 96-80 in the NBA's Christ­mas show­case.

The ring was won by Ray­mond Mikkael, a fa­ther of four from Hawthorne, Calif.

" It's a good feel­ing, be­cause it got a lot of pub­lic­ity, and that's cool," Artest said be­fore tak­ing on LeBron James. "I'm glad we can start over now and do some more work with char­i­ties."

Artest came up with the idea to give away his first NBA ti­tle ring af­ter putting a spot­light on mental health by thank­ing his psy­chi­a­trist af­ter Game 7 of the Lak­ers' tri­umph over Bos­ton last June.

While some laughed at an­other stunt by one of the NBA's biggest char­ac­ters, Artest's can­did dec­la­ra­tion sparked an in­ter­est in nor­mal­iz­ing mental health care, which snow­balled into this unique char­i­ta­ble gift. -Reuters

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